JEE Main 2020 Preparation Tips by Experts - Partha Halder, Centre Head, FIITJEE
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Preparation is a key association with any examination. Students often are busy looking for better and quality preparation tips when an examination is fast approaching. Engineering aspirants are currently facing the same situation as JEE Main will soon be at their doorstep. While there are lots of ways to prepare for JEE Main, the best way to undertake is to listen to those who have expertise in this field. Careers360 presents JEE Main 2020 preparation tips by experts where candidates can know the best way to prep up for the examination. Mr Partha Halder, Centre Head of FIITJEE Punjabi Bagh gives an exclusive insight into how the students can boost their preparation by following simple tips and strategies.
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Careers360: What would you advise to the students who are preparing for JEE Main 2020?

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Partha Halder: Well, to begin with they must have a goal in terms of All India Rank, college & branch. This will help them to ascertain the quantum of effort required to achieve their goal. During the preparatory journey, students must emphasize on developing their concepts, they should be passionate about learning, love the subjects, keep a check on their diet & avoid junk food, should sleep for 6-7 hours regularly and focus on physical fitness.

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Careers360: Books play a very critical role in the preparation; kindly name some books which students should follow.

Partha Halder: For JEE Main preparation, NCERT books are the most important and relevant materials. In fact, JEE Main closely follows NCERT, especially for Chemistry (Organic & Inorganic) and Physics portion. It is a myth that if someone studies or refers to too many books it will help immensely in JEE Main. Over the years we have seen that the books available in the market does not follow JEE Main syllabus or difficulty in totality and hence it may be counterproductive. Apart from NCERT books, students must practice and/or solve NCERT exemplars, last 10 years JEE Main questions paper (or screening paper that were administered before JEE Main started).

Careers360: What is the best method to study according to you?

Partha Halder: Few best ways to prepare for JEE Main are :

  • Prepare a list of topics both for Class XI & XII.

  • Divide the available time to cover the topics.

  • Study topic wise and concept wise.

  • In Class XII, devote good time to cover Class XI syllabus as Class XII syllabus will be covered well in view of the pre-board exam in school.

  • Should target to complete the syllabus 2 months ahead of the exam. So, for JEE Main 2020 (January edition), syllabus should be completed by November 2019.

  • Practice/Solve sufficient number of questions for every topic/concept.

  • In the last 2 months, the focus should be on revision.

  • Solve question papers on CBT mode.

  • If possible, subscribe to a CBT based All India Test Series and solve mock test papers throughout the year.

  • Engage in self performance analysis after every test.

  • Students should join a professional coaching institute as it helps to set the right direction in which effort must be put in for the preparation.

Careers360: The school board exam and JEE Main are quite overlapping in terms of schedule. What could be an effective way to prepare and score well in such condition?

Partha Halder: The difference between JEE Main and board exam syllabus is that, in JEE Main questions are asked from class XI syllabus along with Class XII. A student preparing for board exam will do well in JEE Main in the Class XII portion. Additionally they will have to revise and practice Class XI portion also. So, a student must prepare a study plan by balancing both the syllabus.

Careers360: Which of the topics you will suggest as important? Please mention it for Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics separately.

Partha Halder: In a competitive exam like JEE Main, every topic is important, we cannot make a differentiation here. Questions could be asked from any topic and hence requisite focus must be given to all topics. Just to understand the point better, in JEE Main, every correct answer fetches +4 marks and incorrect answer fetches -1 marks. If a student gets incorrect answer, total marks lost would be 5, and for every mark lost rank variation could be in the range of 500 to 1000. So, for 5 marks loss, the fall could be between 2000 to 4000 ranks.

There are certain topics which are sometimes neglected by students, reason being :

  • There are few topics in JEE Main which is not a part of JEE Advanced syllabus. If a student is targeting JEE Advanced, chances are high that they might leave those topics and thus their JEE Main performance could be affected for example : chemistry in everyday life; environmental chemistry etc.

  • Topics could be boring or too informative or less logical or one has to memorize’

In conclusion, a student cannot consider leaving any topic.

Careers360: Students rely hugely on coaching study material, where do you extract that from; which books are used for the purpose?

Partha Halder: Coaching institute like FIITJEE, does not rely on books available in the market. FIITJEE has its own internal team of subject matter experts who create fresh and original questions for the students.

Careers360: JEE Main is now conducted twice a year, how do you find it from the students perspective?

Partha Halder: Well, from students perspective, here are a few pointers :

  • The 1st JEE Main exam in January can be looked as a practice round before the April exam (final round). Key learning from the 1st exam can help to iron out the weaknesses and perform well in the 2nd exam. Moreover students will get an opportunity to gain familiarity with the question pattern and its difficulty level.

  • Best score out of the 2 attempts will be considered for the All India Ranking. So, one bad day will not have a bearing on the final result.

  • A good score in 1st JEE Main, will enable a student to focus entirely on board exam and JEE Advanced instead of another JEE Main attempt.

Careers360: What role do coaching institutes play in the preparation of JEE Main exam?

Partha Halder: The fundamental role of a coaching institute is to help a child to channelize their effort in the right direction for optimum output/result. Apart from this coaching institute help students in realizing their potential and help them perform. During this process, experts analyze a student’s performance, suggest ways to improve, mentor the students emotionally and instill confidence in them. The peer group in an institute helps to develop a competitive environment inside the classroom for bring out the best in every student.

Careers360: A lot of students find themselves nowhere citing the difficulty level of the exam, either in between of their preparation or at the beginning; what would you say to encourage them?

Partha Halder: JEE Main as an exam is not difficult, rather it is competitive. It requires a student to have a good speed, accuracy and lots of exposure on solving test papers in computer based mode. So students must engage themselves in all of these for a holistic preparation.

Careers360: As an expert, what would you suggest as a thumb rule to follow for JEE Main preparation?

Partha Halder: There is no shortcut to success. Hence, students must focus on developing their fundamental concepts.JEE Main 2020

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Is cengage mathematics by G.Tewani enough to get at least 48 marks in jee main April session 2020 ??

prem meghani 28th Jan, 2020

Dear Aspirant

Cengage mathematics by.G tewani is one of the best books to prepare for jee.mains or Jee advanced.

But the main point is that You should try learning concepts from G tweani book because every topic has in depth knowledge and lot of practice problems with proper logic behind it .

You should definitely go for it .If you will use the book in proper way means after reading theory if you will for question solving and analysing them then you can acheive very good marks in mathematics.


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I got 99.4 percentile in JEE Main. Can I get CSE at NIT Jalandhar ?

Akshat Sidharth 28th Jan, 2020
Hello Aryan

First of all i would like to congratulate you as your  performance is magnificent. You have scored great and you can easily achieve a rank under 5500 and yes you might get CSE in NIT Jalandhar.

Wish you good luck for your future endeavours.

I got 99.4 percentile in JEE Main Jan. Can I get IT branch at NIT Allahabad ?

Rishi Garg 28th Jan, 2020

You can calculate your rank in JEE Main Paper 1 using the formula:

Rank = (100-percentile)*(No. of students appeared for the examination)/100

As the no. of students appeared for Paper 1 (Jan) are around 869000, your rank will be around 5000. However as the no. of students in April changes, your rank will change according to that.

With this rank, there are good chances of getting IT Branch at NIT Allahabad. You can check the last years' cutoffs for this Institutes using the link given:

However, to get the list of all Institutes which you may get with this rank, kindly use the college predictor through the link provided below:

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i scored 86 percentile in jee main 2020(7 jan ,2 shift) can u tell that can i get any govt engineering college in india me from general cat?

Raj Aryan Sharma 28th Jan, 2020

Hi Ayushi.

The official cutoff of JEE Mains will be released long with the final results after the April Mains. The NTA will announce category wise cutoffs then. But you can still check your estimated rank using the formula (100-your total percentile)*869010/100. So with this percentile, you estimated All India rank is around 1,21,000. Now, if the number of candidates giving the exam in April increase, you rank will go higher up.

Well, yes with that percentile, you might be able to get some GFTIs like (Mentioning refering to Other State quota) -

  • Agricultural Engineering in Assam University, Silchar .
  • You can get other GFTIs given they are in your Home State.

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All the best!


Gujrat Board cutoffs for JEE Advanced ?

Rishi Garg 28th Jan, 2020

Following are the last years’ Gujrat Board cutoffs for top 20 percentile to be used for JEE  Advanced:

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2018       342          321            308            284       284

2017       367          344            336            309        309

2016       363          339            331            304        304

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